Finger Baths Should Be Outlawed
I graduated from Nail Technician School in 1994 and I was taught to use a finger bath to soak the cuticles before starting a manicure. It took me about one month to realize this strategy made no sense what so ever. My favorite subjects in high school and college were science and physics so I had a great understanding about how chemicals and elements affect their surroundings. Many people believe the nail plate to be a solid surface, but it is actually porous. Just like a sponge, it has thousands of tiny holes that can and will absorb water. So if you can imagine how your skin gets soggy when it has been submerged in water for a long period time, your nails get soggy too.
Our goal when giving you a manicure is to care for your cuticles, relieve your stress with a great hand and arm massage and polish your nails so they last. So if your nails are submerged in a finger bath of water they are being water logged and will not hold they polish for any length of time.
I have had clients come in for a manicure and ask, “Aren’t you going to soak my fingers?” And I tell them, “No, I use a cuticle remover that will dissolve the dead skin so I can removed it more efficiently.” “A finger bath will not dissolve the skin that needs to be remove, it will only water log your nails and cause the polish to chip within a few days.” They are doubting Thomas right away of course, the hand massage at the end usually sways them to think I know what I am talking about. But it is the polish that lasts for 2 weeks that makes them a believer and they are back in my chair. I hear things like, “I have never had a manicure last for two weeks in my life!” “I don’t know what you do different from other nail tech’s but my polish didn’t chip, it just wore off the ends from friction.”
Finger baths should not be used as a tool for teaching manicures. Even if they need to charge more for the tuition to purchase cuticle remover, they should purchase cuticle remover! And if there is anyone out there still doubting this theory, try it yourself. Use cuticle remover on one hand and soak the other hand for 5 minutes in water. Then polish both hands, see what hand chips and which one lasts. But you really should take my word for it and ask your manicurist to stop using a finger bath and start using cuticle remover so your manicure lasts for a much longer period of time 🙂
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